Well, not much, lately. We haven’t abandoned it! It’s just progressing very slowly; Connie’s studies have to take priority over getting this out, though it’s still on our minds and every now and then, we get a little further with it. Meanwhile, though, Connie has had some other book-related work. Here’s the cover she illustrated for the revised second edition of N.T.P. Murphy’s two-volume magnum opus, A Wodehouse Handbook.
This first volume is pretty much a social history of the first half of the twentieth century, setting Wodehouse’s works in their cultural context, as well as tracing all his many sources. Murphy’s found the origins of the house and grounds of Blandings Castle, Bertie’s flat … even the Empress was inspired by a real pig, it turns out. I found, reading it, that it not only provided a lot of background information for Wodehouse, but could be really interesting in providing social context for the ‘golden age’ mystery writers, authors like Dorothy L. Sayers (my favourite) and Agatha Christie, as well.